Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Symptoms of atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis (ATH-uh-pronounced Roh-Roh-skluh-SIS) is the progressive formation of plaque - fatty deposits and other cells - in the blood vessels. Its name comes from the Greek word Atheros (see the slurry or paste) and sclerosis (hardness). A surprising atherosclerosis or atherosclerosis, as we call it, is how early the disease can begin in us. For many, the process can begin early in adulthood. As you age, plaque can build up and can clog the arteries, making them rigid and inflexible. Conditions or Symtoms caused by atherosclerosis include:

peripheral arterial disease:

Peripheral arterial disease, which is also known as peripheral arterial disease, a condition that occurs when a blockage of blood vessels of hands and feet (especially feet). Pain in the feet is the  most common symptom of peripheral arterial disease. This is usually one or both thighs, hips, or calves. The pain may seem like a cramp or numbness or pregnancy, the muscles of the legs. The pain usually comes and goes and is usually worse than doing exercise that uses your legs, such as walking or climbing stairs.


Angina is similar to peripheral arterial disease that is caused by reduced blood supply to the heart. The most common symptom of angina is a sensation of pain or discomfort in the chest. The pain may feel tight, dull or heavy, and usually occur within minutes. The pain associated with angina may extend from the chest to the left arm, neck, jaw and back. This usually means a period of physical activity or emotional stress. In some cases, pain may occur during the cold season or after a meal. Factors that may cause the symptoms of angina are known as triggers.


If atherosclerosis weakens the walls of blood vessels, which can lead to formation of aneurysm (a bulging blood vessel). If the aneurysm grows too large, there is a danger that it will rupture (split), Which can cause potentially life-threatening internal bleeding and organ damage.

Heart attack:

If one of the plaques in their coronary arteries breaks (cracks) could lead to a blood clot. If the blood clot blocks the blood supply to your heart, you will have a heart attack.


Blood clots can also block blood flow to the brain and cause symptoms of major stroke.The a stroke can be selected using the FAST acronym.

NOTE : All the symptoms can be confirmed by a doctor only because some signs of atherosclerosis may match with the symptoms of some other diseases.

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